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Robot farmers have successfully planted and harvested barley by themselves

October 16th, 2017 at 11:32 am » Comments Off

Robot-ran farms have the potential to increase efficiency in the agriculture industry.



Agriculture faces many 21st century disrupters

October 9th, 2017 at 10:29 am » Comments Off

Our perspective on agriculture is about to go through dramatic changes as this century unfolds. What are some of the disruptive forces at work?



These “Digital plants” are the first blockchain-based artificial life form

September 17th, 2017 at 3:22 pm » Comments Off

Plantoids attract humans with their strange, beautiful designs, convince them to donate money in the form of Bitcoin, then “procreate” by commissioning artists to create a new iteration using those funds — and the whole process is automated.



South Korea is building a $10 billion agriculture city in Egypt

August 29th, 2017 at 9:25 am » Comments Off

Within six months, 311,400 acres of land in Egypt will be transformed into an agriculture city. The $10 billion deal was signed on Tuesday by Egypt and the Korea-Arab Society (KAS). The project will feature 50,000 smart greenhouses in addition to a number of seawater desalination and solar power plants.



MIT’s food computer is changing the future of the way we eat

August 6th, 2017 at 10:57 am » Comments Off

When was the last time you ate something you grew? For many of us, the answer might well be “never.” Farming, increasingly, is something that happens in distant states or even distant lands, with the results flown or trucked in for us to pick over. But how we eat is straining the environment, and as […]



The indoor farming compound founded by Kimbal Musk is now delivering greens

March 1st, 2017 at 11:07 pm » Comments Off

The word “farm” usually conjures up images of lush greenery, animals and Midwestern amber waves of grain. Yet rarely, if ever, does the word invoke a Brooklyn, New York, parking lot. It may sound unreal, but one team of entrepreneurs has set up farms — in shipping containers, no less — to bring fresh produce to […]



The 10 biggest things that will be less expensive in 2017

December 22nd, 2016 at 11:17 am » Comments Off

In 2017, the list of predictions for what will cost more is long. You’ll even spend more without even leaving home, as rent and house prices are expected to increase.



Will farming be fully automated in the future?

December 7th, 2016 at 11:38 am » Comments Off

Driverless tractors that can follow pre-programmed routes are already being deployed at large farms around the world. Drones are buzzing over fields assessing crop health and soil conditions. Ground sensors are monitoring the amount of water and nutrients in the soil, triggering irrigation and fertiliser applications.



Futurist Thomas Frey predicts farming drones, driverless streets

October 20th, 2016 at 5:54 am » Comments Off

What will Iowa’s farms look like when the combines and tractors drive themselves? How will Des Moines’ banking and insurance sectors fare when supercomputers run financial markets? Where will Iowans live when a self-driving car can take them anywhere with the tap of a smartphone? These are the kind of questions Thomas Frey ponders.



Modern Farm Tractors Feature Everything But the Farmer

September 8th, 2016 at 6:01 am » Comments Off

As Detroit car makers and Silicon Valley tech giants vie to bring driverless cars to U.S. roads, one of the world’s largest tractor makers is looking to do the same down on the farm. Case IH, the agricultural-machinery unit of CNH Industrial NV, this week unveiled a sleek, aggressive-looking red-and-black machine at the annual Farm Progress […]



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